European conference agenda to cover a wide range of hospitality technology


Chicago: Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) has published the agenda for the European Conference on 20-22 October at the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France. HTNG has put together a notable list of speakers to address today’s important topics in technology for hospitality.

HTNG generates conference programs that help attendees stay current on emerging technologies that drive business by focusing on continuing issues that technology can address for hotels. The events have become critical for hospitality professionals who want to capitalize on the value their companies gain from technology. Session topics for this conference agenda include:

Constructing a Legacy of Value: How Technology Equals Strategy for Business – IBM keynote speaker Bruce Speechely will evaluate the technology outlook, apply those insights to the broader hospitality industry and visualize how technology might appear through the lens of the guest.
Going Digital – Deloitte Consulting’s Amitava Chatterjee will examine the hotel industry’s digital transformation.
Power Without Wires – The VP of Market Development at the Wireless Power Consortium will demonstrate how wireless power can be applied to many aspects of technology in hotels.
Hotel Trends and Performance Outlook for Strategic Decision Making – STR Global will examine quantitative hotel benchmark performance, census and pipeline with particular focus on Europe.
The Evolving Security Landscape – An expert from Trustwave will share the latest developments in network security threats facing the hotel industry and how to defend against them.
How Network Intelligence Can Transform the Guest Experience – The Director of Mobility Solutions at Cisco Systems, Inc. will show how hotels can keep up with guest mobile devices, which have become the primary channel for interaction with customers in all markets.
The Sharing Economy: Creating New Business and Damaging Existing Ones – This session will address the growing impact of disruptive technology and the sharing economy on the hotel industry.
IT Leadership Panel – CIOs from leading European hotel companies will discuss their top priorities and strategies.

The first day of the conference will feature deep-dive technology session topics such as door lock security, Wi-Fi authentication strategies, moving the PBX to the cloud, location based services, streamlining the guest check-in process and more. Industry expert speakers include:

Bruce Speechley – Vice President, Travel & Hospitality, IBM Corporation
Amitava Chatterjee – Director of Travel, Hospitality and Leisure Industries, Deloitte Consulting
Celine Vadam – Business Development Manager, STR Global
Charles Henderson – Vice President, Managed Security Testing, Trustwave
Akina Ho – VP of Strategy & Global Business Development, FCS Computer Systems Sdn. Bhd.
Tareq Ayub – Director, Travel Industry Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
Satish Iyer – Director of Mobility Solutions, Cisco Systems, Inc.
John Perzow – VP Market Development, Wireless Power Consortium
Jan Jaap van Roon – CEO, Ireckon
Paul Squires – EMEA Hospitality BDM, HP
Matthew FitzGerald – Systems Engineering Manager – Hospitality, Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Graeme Powell – Founder, Veridicum
Armand Rabinowitz – Innovation Architect, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Jeremy Ward – COO, iRiS Software Systems Ltd.
Michael Zetterlund – Product & Marketing Director, Ariane Systems
Albert Maes – Regional Director of IT – ECE, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Perry Correll – Principal Technologist, Xirrus

Conference registration is open to any full-time employee of a company that owns, manages or franchises a hotel. For all other industry participants, HTNG membership is required. Technology providers, consultants and others who are not HTNG members should check with HTNG’s membership department to ensure eligibility. For more information or to register, visit


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